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05.19.17

Hello friends!  It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post. We spent the winter working on off season projects, then in February we started plants.

This year, we started cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs in the greenhouse – all of which have now been planted in the main gardens and are growing happily 🙂

Our chickens seem to be working overtime and we’re getting 5 dozen eggs each day. If you know of anyone who needs any, please call or text me at 270.302.9468.

 

We’ve also planted corn, radishes, beets, spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, peas, green beans and probably a few other things I can’t recall at the moment.

We decided not to offer a CSA this year, focusing more on the farmers market. Delivery times were just too much and was keeping us out of the fields.  It’s just us. No employees, so we have to make the best use of our time.

Anyways, we’re still around. Still having fun and making the most of each day. We’ll be seeing everyone soon at the farmers market!

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Update

After so much rain this summer, we finally got rained out two weeks ago. However, since then Mother Nature has been kind to us and we’ve finally dried out. The Fall crops have been planted and are looking great!  Broccoli, cabbage, yellow squash, zucchini, scalloped squash, kale and beets are all in our future.  Winter squash (butternut, acorn and spaghetti) are ready to be harvested. That will happen within the week. 

The chickens began their late summer molt a couple of weeks ago. This reduces egg production because they’re using most of their protein stores to make new winter feathers. This should end in the next few weeks and egg production will go back up. 

We replaced the second back tire of the summer on the tractor. It’s expensive and not something we financially needed, but it is what it is. The new tires should last a long time. It sure beats doing everything by hand!  

It’s been a long, hot, humid and downright moist summer. I’m ready for cooler nights with the windows open and cheaper electric bills. 


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Little things and high hopes

When we started our seeds this year, there was one tiny little runt that I chose not to plant. I was thinking it was too small. But my better half asked me to plant it, telling me he knew it would grow. So with little faith I planted that little tiny plant.

I was in for a surprise.

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Our little plant was growing! It was 1/2″ tall when we planted it and look at it now! Sure, it’s not as big as the plant beside it but it’s growing.

Now, I see this:

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There’s a little tiny tomato on the little plant that can. I have high hopes for the little plant. We’ll see…


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It’s amazing to watch the garden go from brown, plain dirt to rows of lush green.  Those tiny seeds, so gently planted in the rows, produce such wonderful foods that feed so many.  I’m honored that our produce is gracing the tables of so many families!

All is well in the garden.  With the exception of the final corn field (which will hopefully be planted this coming weekend, depending on the weather), everything is planted and looking great!  Every day there’s something new coming up and something new to see.

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My favorite type of lettuce. I can’t wait to eat this!

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These cabbage heads are beautiful!

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Cayenne pepper plant is looking good!

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Beautiful rows of corn, ready to be thinned.

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Pea pods!!!

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We should have a great crop of potatoes this year.

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Little teeny tiny peppers showed up, seemingly overnight.

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Sweet potatoes 🙂

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I can’t wait to eat a delicious vine-ripened tomato fresh from the garden.

 

 

 


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Thankful

Today, I’m thankful to live in a country where we enjoy such freedoms.  I’m thankful for long days in the sun, planting what remained to be planted:  green beans, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, gourds, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.  I’m thankful the only things left to plant are pumpkins and the final field of corn. 

I’m thankful for the smells that surrounded us this weekend while we worked in the fields – honeysuckle, wild roses, and blackberry blooms. 

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Wild roses are everywhere, along with honeysuckle. Great smells!!!

I’m thankful to live in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, where it’s green like no other place. 

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This was my view while mowing Saturday. Sure, I was stuck in the mud at the time, but WOW the view was nice!

I’m thankful to see a little tomato on the vine:

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He’s hiding, but he’s in there! Little tomatoes are popping up.

I’m thankful that the garden is doing well and I’m pleased to see the potato plants growing strong:

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The potato plants are looking very good this year.

Every day, I’m thankful for this life.  And on this Memorial Day, I’m extra thankful for the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country.  Their sacrifices allow us the freedom to live this wonderful life.  I am grateful. 


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Everything’s Coming Up… GREEN!

Another busy weekend has come and gone.  This weekend, we worked on the office renovation project, gave the wagon a makeover, tilled a lot of ground, and planted sweet potatoes and red potatoes.  Thus far, everything is looking pretty good!  My biggest problem is that the garden is so big, I can’t get it all in one picture!

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This is the garden view diagonally from the pepper and tomato patch.

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LOTS of tomato plants! I think there are 48 plants and they’re all looking good!

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Broccoli and cabbage, jalapeno and cayenne pepper patch.

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This is the first greens patch. Every few days we pull the weeks and give those to the chickens. Makes them very happy 🙂